To Pray As a Jew: A Guide to the Prayer Book and the Synagogue Service

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Rabbi Donin offers a detailed guide to Jewish prayer which takes the reader through the entire prescribed course of Jewish liturgy, offering historical background, religious teaching, and practical instruction for each element of the service.Why do Jews pray? What is the role of prayer in their lives as moral and ethical beings? From the simplest details of how to comport oneself on entering a synagogue to the most profound and moving comments on the prayers themselves, Rabbi Donin guides the reader through the ...
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Overview


Rabbi Donin offers a detailed guide to Jewish prayer which takes the reader through the entire prescribed course of Jewish liturgy, offering historical background, religious teaching, and practical instruction for each element of the service.Why do Jews pray? What is the role of prayer in their lives as moral and ethical beings? From the simplest details of how to comport oneself on entering a synagogue to the most profound and moving comments on the prayers themselves, Rabbi Donin guides the reader through the entire prescribed course of Jewish liturgy, passage by passage, ritual by ritual, in this handsome and indispensable guide to Jewish prayer, unexcelled for beginners as well as the religiously observant.

A guide to Jewish prayer which takes the reader through the entire prescribed course of Jewish liturgy.

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Editorial Reviews

Hadassah Magazine
A lucid and sensitive guide for those who would like to pray Jewishly but don't know how.... A boon to both Jewish teachers and laymen.
Publishers Weekly
To Pray As a Jew, Rabbi Hayim Halevy Donin's companion to his classic work To Be a Jew, will be reissued in September by Basic Books. The book functions as an accessible guide to the prayer book and the synagogue service, covering every detail of Jewish prayer and ritual. Donin answers such specific questions as: What religious objects are kissed before use? What are the 18 blessings of the Shemoneh Esrei? What are the roles of the gabbaim during the service? This definitive guide to the siddur, published just in time for the High Holy Days, will be deeply appreciated by a new generation of readers. (Sept. 15) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465086337
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/1991
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 390,938
  • Lexile: 1200L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Hayim Halevy Donin established himself as an incomparable teacher and interpreter of Jewish law and practice through his classic book To Be a Jew. For twenty years he was Rabbi of Congregation B’nai David in Southfield, Michigan, where he was also Adjunct Professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Detroit. Rabbi Donin held a Ph.D. in Education and was also the founder and president of the Akiva Hebrew Day School in Detroit.
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Table of Contents

Preface xvii
Chronology of Ages in Jewish History xxiii
Key to Abbreviations and Acronyms Used in Citations xxiv
Contemporary Works Mentioned in Citations xxvi
Key to Pronunciation of Transliterated Words xxvii
Introduction 3
Chapter 1 The Quest for Spirituality 9
Chapter 2 To Feel at Home in the Synagogue: Knowing What to do 23
Chapter 3 The Shemoneh Esrei: the Amidah of "Eighteen" Blessings 69
Chapter 4 The Amidah for the Sabbath and Festivals 109
Chapter 5 Kedushah and Other Additions to the Amidah 122
Chapter 6 The Shema and its Blessings 144
Chapter 7 The Verses of Song--Pesukei d'Zimra (The Introductory Prayers) 167
Chapter 8 The Morning Blessings--Birkhot Hashahar (The Preliminary Prayers) 183
Chapter 9 Supplications and Other Supplementary Prayers 202
Chapter 10 The Kaddish 216
Chapter 11 Responses in Prayer 227
Chapter 12 The Torah Reading Service 231
Chapter 13 Welcoming the Sabbath: Kabbalat Shabbat 256
Chapter 14 Prayers for Special Occasions 264
Chapter 15 The Grace After Meals: Birkat Hamazon 284
Chapter 16 The Blessings Before Eating: Birkhot Hanehenin 305
Chapter 17 Home Prayers for Sabbaths and Festivals 319
Chapter 18 Rules Relating to the Prayer Service 337
Epilogue: The Ethical Dimension of Jewish Prayer 357
Appendix A Table of Torah and Haftarah Readings for the Festivals and Other Special Occasions 363
Index to Jewish Values and Principles of Faith 367
Index 369
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